“Ready or not, here I come!” We know this phrase from playing hide-and-seek with the kids, but we can also imagine fall saying this each year when September ends and the leaves in Central Park begin to change color. More often than not, fall is here before you realize it. Over the past few weeks, we’ve written about this year’s fall trends and how to buy the right size dining room for your space to prepare you. But now it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty: how to set your table for fall gatherings. Today we’ve rounded up some of our favorite tablescapes of the season and are giving you the tips you’ll need to impress your guests when they come over for any of your fall festivities.
Learn how to set your table the right way. Let’s be honest, most days we don’t have time for proper etiquette or a decked out table. We get it. But when you’re putting so much effort into the food and festivities, you should want to display your food proudly. And it’ll definitely impress your guests. Need a review from Home Economics 101? Remember that a place setting is set in the order of how you’ll eat your meal from the outside in.
For casual settings: Place the plate right in the middle with the forks to the left and the knife and spoon to the right. Glassware goes on the upper right at about “1 o’clock.” The napkin is set under your forks.
For formal settings: Use the casual setting described above as your guide. The plates still go in the middle, but the charger lies under the entree plate which lies under the appetizer plate so that each plate can be cleared as you finish each course. A bread plate is traditionally added to formal settings with the bread knife and fork placed on top of plate, sometimes wrapped neatly in cloth. The flatware is placed similarly to a casual setting, but any utensils meant for dessert go above the plate. Formal settings typically includes lots of glassware. Red and wine glasses are both placed at the upper right with water and/or champagne above that to the left.
Still confused? No worries. For our visual learners out there (we know we are), just follow this handy infographic below:
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Choose a beautiful centerpiece… that’s not too high. We all know that a centerpiece makes a table, but too often they end up being gargantuan pieces that impede conversation. No one should have to be a trained contortionist to get a say in. Also, know that you aren’t limited to traditional fall colors. The typical reds and oranges in the tablescape above pop even more against this non-traditional blue and white tablecloth. Shop some of our centerpiece favorites for this fall below!
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Layer your look. A plain white plate is (just say it) boring. Layer in a charger, placemat, napkins, florals, and fall decor for a rich and textured look that’ll make your table both memorable and photogenic.
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This year for the fall table, don’t be afraid to embrace a rustic look by adding in stoneware and ceramic serveware. Use a rusty red and brown palette, and put up moody candle lanterns for credibility. Or if rustic isn’t your style, choose all white flatware, and a lush evergreen palettes. For an accent, throw in a touch of gold! Just use the examples above for some inspiration!
What’s your tablescape look like this season? Share with us in the comment section below!